Coping With Grief

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My apologies. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the presence of mind to post on my blog. But now, slowly, my mind is returning to focus, and I am beginning to process my thoughts and emotions clearly enough to share them with you. On June 23, the 17 of the Hebrew month of […]

Thoughts and Reflections about Memorial Day

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Today is Memorial Day in Israel, and being that we are a tiny country with a civilian army, it is something that hits close to home for everyone. It is always an extremely difficult day, but this year, it is far more challenging than usual due to the heinous attacks on Israel on Oct. 7, […]

Does My Child Have Behavioral Issues or Sensory Challenges?

In today’s post, I’d like to discuss a painful situation I encountered a few weeks ago. I went to meet a few friends for breakfast, and when I arrived, a few of my friends were engaged in an emotional discussion about their children. One of them appeared to be visibly distressed. She was speaking to […]

Tune in to The Uniquely Human Podcast

I’m thrilled to announce that recently, I was privileged to be a guest on the renowned podcast- hosted by Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Dave Finch, “The Uniquely Human Podcast!” Here’s what they had to say:“Jacki Edry’s personal journey as a brain surgery survivor and parent of autistic and neurodivergent children provides unique insight into the neurodivergent experience. […]

“Embracing Acquired Neurodivergence” Presentation by Jacki Edry at CASY Cultural Autism Studies at Yale University

CASY cultural autism studies presentation by Jacki Edry

On January 4th, I had the immense pleasure of sharing my presentation, “Embracing Acquired Neurodivergence,” with the CASY Cultural Autism Studies Online Speaker Series. CASY is the Ethnography Project led by Dr. Dawn Prince-Hughes at Yale University. My presentation dived into my journey with acquired neurodivergence and challenges with sensory processing as a brain surgery […]

Mishpacha Magazine, Family First feature article about Jacki Edry- “Into Their Heads”

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I’m delighted, excited, grateful, and highly honored to share with you that the incredible Barbara Bensoussan wrote an excellent article about me, my book, and my work as a neurodiversity advocate called “Into Their Heads,” now featured in the Family First section of the widely circulated Jewish Family Weekly Magazine “Mishpacha“! Click here to read […]

Please, G-d, Bring an End to the War in Israel

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Folks, I have to admit it. I’m having a really hard time keeping myself together. The war has brought me face-to-face with two emotions I have extreme difficulty dealing with- deep rage and overwhelming sadness. I’m doing my best to make sense of things, stay strong, and get through the day. Sometimes, I manage. And […]

Interview on the ND & Me Podcast

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Many thanks to Richard Peachey for welcoming me as a guest on his podcast “ND & ME.” Tune in to hear our conversation about neurodiversity, sensory processing, education, ADHD, autism, and more. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

Let’s Talk about Jewish Identity

book cover of "Moving Forward: Reflections on Autism, Neurodiversity, Brain Surgery, and Faith

In these challenging times, Judaism, Jewish identity, and the right of the State of Israel to exist have become topics of interest. A few years ago, I published my first book “Moving Forward: Reflections on Autism, Neurodiversity, Brain Surgery, and Faith,” and in one of the chapters (p. 82), I discussed what led me to […]

Hug Someone You Love

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Hug someone you loveTurn off all of the noiseSlowly close your eyesAnd sink into their arms. Hug someone you loveLet yourself feel something moreThen rage, uncertaintyNumbness and fear. Hug someone you loveBecause safe inside their armsYou won’t need to fearThat if you feel, you’ll fall apart. Hug someone you loveAnd let your feelings flowPerhaps they’ll […]